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Loophole May Have Aided Theft of Classified Data
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Loophole May Have Aided Theft of Classified Data

The soldier accused of downloading a huge trove of secret data from military computers in Iraq appears to have exploited a loophole in Defense Department security...

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Project to Quadruple Solar Energy Output on Furman Campus

Furman University will use a $340,000 grant for a new installation of solar panels that are expected to quadruple the solar energy output on campus.

2010 R&D 100 Awards Winners Announced
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2010 R&D 100 Awards Winners Announced

The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the winners of the 48th Annual R&D 100 Awards, which salute the 100 most technologically significant products introduced...

Companies Brace For End of Cheap Made-in-China Era
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Companies Brace For End of Cheap Made-in-China Era

Factory workers demanding better wages and working conditions are hastening the eventual end of an era of cheap costs that helped make southern coastal China...

Stanford ­shers In The Age Of Bookless Libraries
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Stanford ­shers In The Age Of Bookless Libraries

The periodical shelves at Stanford University’s Engineering Library are nearly bare. Library chief Helen Josephine says that in the past five years, most engineering...

Pi & Canada Partner on Growing Science & Technology Centers in Africa
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Pi & Canada Partner on Growing Science & Technology Centers in Africa

During a special visit to Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper announced new federal funding of $20 CDN million...

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­pdated Computer Security Publication Focuses on Security Assessment Plans

NIST has published an updated set of guidelines for developing security assessment plans and associated security control assessment procedures that are consistent...

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Is Breaking Captcha a Crime?

Prosecutors in a New Jersey ticket scalping case are pushing the envelope on the federal computer hacking law, setting a precedent that could make it a felony to...

The Website That Reveals State Secrets
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The Website That Reveals State Secrets

If Daniel Ellsberg wanted to leak secret documents today, he probably would send them to a powerful and controversial new venue for whistle-blowing: a Website called...

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Repeat of S. Korea, ­.s. Cyberattacks Does No Damage

Hundreds of computers that helped cause a wave of outages on U.S. and South Korean government websites last July launched new attacks on the same sites, but no...

Forget India, Outsource to Arkansas
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Forget India, Outsource to Arkansas

As the U.S. unemployment rate hovers near 10 percent, some companies are starting to eye job-hungry areas of the country as prime candidates for the kind of outsourced...

Software Will Cut Millions From Nuclear Clean-Up Bill
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Software Will Cut Millions From Nuclear Clean-Up Bill

University of Leeds researchers have developed software that enables nuclear industry planners to find the best way of breaking up and packing contaminated equipment...

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How a Smart, Decentralized Energy Web Is Essential for Managing Renewable Energy Sources

Researchers from the Italian research center CREATE-NET recently completed a study that examined the ways in which decentralized, bottom-up design approaches could...

Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity
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Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity

The Obama Administration is trying to fix the Internet’s dog problem.

A Soft Spot For Circuitry
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A Soft Spot For Circuitry

Robots designed to provide companionship are making strides, and falling costs may help lead to their wider use. 

Researchers Using Robot to Determine How Human Strangers Develop Trust
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Researchers Using Robot to Determine How Human Strangers Develop Trust

Researchers from Northeastern, MIT and Cornell are using a robot to determine how human strangers develop trust.

Cellphone Serves as Learning Platform For the Developing World
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Cellphone Serves as Learning Platform For the Developing World

The cellphone, the fastest growing technology platform in the developing world, is delivering educational content to children in out-of-school settings in rural...

To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery
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To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery

The frontier in the battle to defeat student cheating may be here at the testing center of the University of Central Florida.

Intel to Focus on How Computers Will Be ­sed in the Future
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Intel to Focus on How Computers Will Be ­sed in the Future

Intel has created Interaction and Experience Research, a new research lab led by Intel fellow Genevieve Bell that will enable scientists to explore how people will...

Biometric Atm Gives Cash Via 'finger Vein' Scan
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Biometric Atm Gives Cash Via 'finger Vein' Scan

Poland's cooperative BPS bank says it's the first in Europe to install a biometric ATM--allowing customers to withdraw cash simply with the touch of a fingertip...
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